In Reply to: Re: Power and Insurance........ (longish) posted by Paul on January 30, 2000 at 16:12:16:
: That's rare; a complement of the BMW sound system. A lot of people (not even golden ears) with premium sound have replaced the system with aftermarket solutions for bass and distortion reasons.
: I think this alludes to the fact people have different standards. Some believe the price of the 5 series should equate to "better" than cheaper offerings. This includes outperforming civic's stop light to stop light. If the 5 series simply tries to be a blend of "ok" technologies, it would cease to be a BMW. Performance of cars in general is on the upswing and BMW knows this and is upgrading (rumored 320HP 540 and the 530 replacing the 528). My take is the 540 is a little behind the curve and that won't help much. It needs more to compensate for its weight. The better appointed and performing M5 does not have sufficient availability to provide a reasonable alternative and alienates the larger pool of automatic tranny folks.
: So all of this means don't be surprised if people are alarmed and post on this board when they find their 5 series to be inferior to cheaper cars in one way or another. They should be, and hopefully the feedback is very valuable to making the next version of the car better.
Stereo power was used metaphorically. The BMW stereo is fine, but doesn't compare to the Yamaha system I had in my firt car, ironically, a Honda Civic !! Point was that having the power to move the curtains is great, but the best part is how great the sound is at lower levels. I would be sure to win a bet that when tooling around town, that Honda owner would prefer driving a car with an engine that delivers the hp and torque that the 540 has.